The number of European citizens believe that membership of their country in the European Union (EU) is a good thing has grown. On the other hand, the number of Croatians that support EU is going down, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey published today.
According to this research, the European Union support returned to the level as it was before the economic crisis in 2007 - the European Parliament published on its website. In the eyes of 57 percent of citizens the EU is a good thing for their country, which is four percent higher compared to the results of the survey from last September.
In Croatia, that percentage is 36 percent, which is 10 percent less than last year, and places it very low on the list of countries – fourth from the bottom. Luxembourg, Ireland, Germany and Netherlands have the most positive opinion about the EU, while the most negative one is in Czech Republic, Greece, Italy and of course, Croatia.
EU is considered to be a bad project by the 14 percent of the Europeans and 15 percent of Croatians, while 26 percent of Europeans and 47 percent of Croatians find it neither bad nor good.
Reacting to the latest geopolitical events such as rising instability in the Arab world, the growing influence of Russia and China, Brexit and Donald Trump's election for US President, about 73 percent of people prefer that the EU finds a common response to these global challenges, instead every country doing it by itself.
The strong majority also urges the EU to take more action to tackle current challenges such as the fight against terrorism (80 percent), unemployment (78 percent), environmental protection (75 percent) and the fight against tax frauds (74 percent).
The percentage of Croatian citizens who prefer the EU to find a common response to the current global challenges is similar to the European average. However, Croatia is below average when it comes to thinking if their country is heading in the right direction – only 23 percent of citizens thinks that way, while the average is 31 percent.
Croatians would like to be more informed about topics such as the fight against unemployment (53 percent), health and social security (38 percent), economic policy (31 percent) and agriculture (20 percent).
The Eurobarometer survey was conducted in March by a personal interview methodology on a sample of 27,901 respondents in Europe and 1048 respondents in Croatia.